The state has informed the High Court of Justice that it will not lift the discriminatory procedures for same-sex couples who want to adopt children in Israel.
The Social Affairs and Justice Ministries told the High Court of its position ahead of the hearing that will be held later this week on a petition asking the court to end the present adoption policy, which discriminates against single-sex and common-law marriage families.
Same-sex couples can currently be approved for adoption, but they are treated unfavorably compared to heterosexual married couples. They can only adopt children for whom no adoptive heterosexual married couple can be found, often those coming from at-risk families. They usually must wait longer to adopt, and once they do, they are considered to be two individual adoptive parents in the eyes of the law.
The petition to the High Court was filed by the Association of Israeli Gay Fathers, together with …
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